The following course topics represent the sessions or classes indicated in the curriculum options (full semester, half-semester, workshop on cooperatives). These files may be updated from time to time by their authors. Feel free to contribute new topics or alternatives to those offered here. For this you may use the curriculum template file provided below.
Be sure all students in the United States are familiar with the International Cooperative Alliance and the National Cooperative Business Association.
Introduction to the Course on Cooperatives, by John R. Whitman
Introduction to the Course-Whitman.pdf
Conceptual Framework, by John R. Whitman
Evolutionary and Historical Considerations, by John R. Whitman
Evolutionary and Historical Considerations-Whitman.pdf
Types of Cooperatives, by John R. Whitman
Types of Cooperatives-Whitman.pdf
An Introduction to Cooperative Financing Strategies, by Molly Jill Burress
How Equal Exchange Aligns Capital with Mission, by Daniel Fireside and Rodney North
Financial Analysis of Cooperative Enterprises, by Margaret Lund
Financial Analysis-Lund.pdf *
Legal and Governance Considerations
See The Law of Cooperatives, by Autry and Hall (ABA, 2009), order from ABA or Amazon.
See also the Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative (CLARITY):
Guidelines for Cooperative Legislation, third revised edition, by Hagen Henry
(International Labor Organization, 2012/1998):
Coop Legislation Guidelines.pdf
The Worker Cooperative Life Cycle: Equal Exchange, by John R. Whitman
The Worker Cooperative Life Cycle-Whitman.pdf
Worker Cooperatives, by Melissa Hoover
Worker Cooperative Values and Ownership Culture, by George Cheney and Ashley Hernandez
Shared Services Cooperatives
Credit Unions, by Nancy Pierce
Housing Cooperatives, by Judy Sullivan
Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives, by Margaret Lund
Multistakeholder Cooperatives - Lund.pdf
Cooperatives in the African American Experience, by Jessica Gordon Nembhard
“Cooperative Ownership in the Struggle for African American Economic Empowerment.” Humanity and Society, Vol. 28, No. 3, August 2004.
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business– Cooperative Service. “Black Farmers in America, 1865-2000: The Pursuit of Independent Farming and the Role of Cooperatives.” USDA Rural Business– Cooperative Service RBS Research Report 194, 2003.
Cooperative Jobs and Opportunities, by Sarah Pike
Management Considerations, by John R. Whitman
Cooperatives and Unions, an interview:
Curriculum Template File
Curriculum Template.doc *